TROLL OF THE MONTH: Professor Biljana Vankovska

January 2024 The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. Early this year, a group of people broke …

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Monthly Highlights January: racism, ethnic hatred and gender violence

Throughout the month of January, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month, we have seen hatred based on ethnicity, race, and gender alongside genocide denial. Racism in Serbia In Serbia, an Instagram account started posting photos of Black people in Serbia, taken in public without their consent …

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ADVERTISING INEQUALITY

ADVERTISING IN KOSOVO CONTINUES TO PERPETUATE GENDER INEQUALITY. The gentle clink of a spoon against a tiny teacup accompanies the sight of a Turkish teapot boiling on the stove. A door opens and a man enters the house. Over 10 people are gathered in the living room waiting for him, a woman with a smile …

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WOMEN AND NATIONAL MINORITIES STILL THE MOST FREQUENT TARGETS OF HATE SPEECH – Results of media monitoring in the Western Balkans 

Reporting Diversity Conference 15-16 February 2024  Podgorica, Montenegro  Reporting Diversity Network organised a two-day conference on hateful and harmful narratives in the Western Balkans where the Network presented preliminary results of the media monitoring reports, which will be published in March.   The conference brought together over 40 media experts, activists, civil society representatives from …

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STRENGHTENING MEDIA CAMPAIGNING AND ADVOCACY SKILLS: Reporting Diversity Advanced Training

Podgorica, Montenegro; 13-16 February 2024  Reporting Diversity Network organised a three-day Reporting Diversity training for CSOs, grassroots activists, and human rights defenders in Podgorica, Montenegro. The training took place between 13-16 February 2024 and gathered 34 participants from across the Western Balkans.  The participants gained skills that will help them recognise hate speech and divisive …

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A HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE IN ALBANIA: Media must do better

NOTE: TV Klan was initially selected as Troll of the Month, but after additional internal consultations, the RDN team has recognised the following: The coverage of TV Klan, even though still sensationalistic, misleading and unprofessional in the headline and deserves to be treated as harmful speech, does not meet the criteria for the Troll of …

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TROLL OF THE MONTH – SELECTION CRITERIA

The goal of the Reporting Diversity Network 2.0 monitoring is to identify and document the most significant cases (‘incidents’) of hate speech and divisive discourses in the Western Balkans media. Incidents are defined by the speaker regardless of where they occurred, but monitoring refers to their media coverage. They can originate in the Parliament, party …

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COMMENTS THAT LEAVE A MARK

ONLINE ABUSE IS JUST AS SERIOUS AS OFFLINE ABUSE. In September 2022, MP Daorsa Kica Xhelili announced that she was leaving Lista Guxo for the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK). Kica Xhelili initially was a member of Vetëvendosje (VV), and was elected to the Assembly of Kosovo in the 2021 general election. Her election was …

VIOLENCE IS NOT A MEDIA SPECTACLE

K2.0’S EDITORIAL STANCE REGARDING RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE. On January 20, it was reported that 18-year-old Lulzim Fejzullahu died at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo from injuries he received after two boys hit him with a car and then brutally beat him. When covering this event, some Kosovar media outlets were quick to reveal details …

Troll of the Year 2023: Glorification of War Criminals

The Balkan Troll of the Month is an individual, a group of individuals or a media outlet that spreads hate based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or other diversity categories. The Balkan Troll is selected based on hate speech incidents identified across the Western Balkans region. The Balkan Troll of the Month is selected on a monthly …

Monthly Highlights December: disinformation, sexism and anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric

Throughout December, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. This month, we have seen hatred based on gender, religion, and sexual orientation, as well as the spread of discrediting campaigns against political opponents. Sexism in Montenegro and Albania Five Montenegrin female journalists, Danica Nikolic, Tamara Nikcevic, Bojana Dabovic, Mirka …